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The Muppets to Present at the Academy Awards: Will it Be a Hit or Miss

Recently an announcement was made that Muppets Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will join the cast of presenters at this year's Academy Awards ceremony. To many, this is a welcome surprise, especially now that the musical numbers have been scrapped, making this the only way to see any type of Muppet on stage. While it is almost guaranteed that The Muppets would have put on a great show (they have been in the business for years), sometimes gimmicks such as this can be rather hit or miss. Here is a look at some of similar types of gimmicks used during various awards shows, and how they fared.

Brian and Stewie Griffin Open the Emmy's

Everything about the 2007 Emmy Awards broadcast appeared to be a big dip into bad decision making. From the circular stage to having the ubiquitous Ryan Seacrest from "American Idol" as host, the whole telecast felt like one misfire after another. In fact, if it weren't for "Family Guy's" Brian and Stewie, a single laugh might not have even occurred the entire night. Singing a revamped version of their famous "FCC" song in which the joys of TV were explored, the duo delivered gems such as "ABC has got a lineup that's refreshing and alive, with its hits like "Desperate Housewives" just continuing to thrive, and those women look sensational for being sixty-five," as well as jabs at "The Sopranos" and "Seinfeld." Not everything about the number worked, but it was bold and took a chance, which was more than the telecast did. Watch it here.

Beavis and Butthead fight with David Letterman at the 1994 VMA Awards

"Beavis and Butthead" creator Mike Judge once called this brief appearance at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards the coolest extra on the DVD set, and it really was not hard to see why. During the 1990s, Beavis and Butthead were the new kings of comedy, and it was only appropriate that one of the current king interact with them in some way. In the brief 20 second clip, Beavis tries to have some of Dave's burrito, which he refuses to share. He distracts Beavis by pointing out Ozzy, then gives him a quick slap to the head. Juvenile? Of course it was, but Dave had just enough charm to pull it off. Watch it here.

Rob Lowe and Snow White at the Oscars

To be fair, this wasn't done by using any Muppets or animated characters, but instead used live people playing familiar roles. However, since it was based on using a beloved Disney creation in an oddly imagined way, it simply had to make the list. Snow White making an appearance at the 1989 Oscar telecast might have actually been cute, and even having her show up in a nightclub with Rob Lowe as her Prince Charming could have possibly worked. However, having them perform to the best of Creedence Clearwater Revival was just all kinds of wrong. Maybe the lesson here is if you are going to use an animated character, might as well go for the "real" thing. Watch a clip of it here.

What are your favorite award show animated moments?

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